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# Australia is one of the countries that compete and often win the

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Australia is one of the countries that compete and often win the Olympic gold medal for swimming.

A. compete and often win

B. competes for and often wins

C. compete for and often are the winners of

D. competes for and quite often win

E. compete for and often win

Originally posted by anuj04 on 24 Jul 2018, 20:59.
Last edited by Bunuel on 24 Jul 2018, 21:07, edited 1 time in total.
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29 Jul 2018, 04:53
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anuj04 wrote:
Australia is one of the countries that compete and often win the Olympic gold medal for swimming.

A. compete and often win

B. competes for and often wins

C. compete for and often are the winners of

D. competes for and quite often win

E. compete for and often win

i would like to share my cent.

1) Whenever we have construction such as "X is one of the Y...." then the verb agrees in number with Y (if Y is singular,verb is singular, and if Y is plural, verb is plural)
eg Amy is one of the students who are going to picnic.

2) Whenever we have construction such as "One of the X....." then the verb is always singular
eg One of the students going to picnic is Amy.

Now in the question we have construction 1
So answer E is the correct choice.

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24 Jul 2018, 21:11
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Australia is one of the countries that compete and often win the Olympic gold medal for swimming.

A. compete and often win -Does not contain the preposition" for " to logically connect compete to the Olympic gold medal

B. competes for and often wins -Verb form should be plural ,since countries is plural, the verb that follows it also needs to be plural. However, competes and wins are both singular

C. compete for and often are the winners of -not as concise a E.

D. competes for and quite often win -Same a B,competes in singlular

E. compete for and often win -Correct preposition and correct verb form
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28 Sep 2018, 22:31
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This is one of the questions that can be solved even if you don't know the "Touch Rule" concerned with "that".

It is possible that either Australia is competing for or the countries are competing for - You need to use logic to decide. How can one country compete for something? You will need atleast two countries for a competition, right?

That should generally solve the confusion.

Hope that helps.

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25 Jul 2018, 19:48
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Confused between B and D. Australia is singular so shouldn't it go with competes and wins?
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arunkarri wrote:
My Choice is B.

Explanation:
Subject is Australia, which is Singular.
So the verb should be singular.
This directly eliminates A,C,E.

D has win-> this is plural verb.

Many explanations state that one of the countries is plural, hence verb should be plural.

Let's take a simple example

Alex is one of my best friends.
in this sentence, you are stating a fact about alex. the extra info is you have few more best friends.
That doesn't mean Alex becomes Alex,Alex,Alex,Alex..(plural).. because of the "best friends".
Same concept applies to the original question.

Hope this helps!!

arunkarri

Here THAT in the sentence "Australia is one of the countries that" is acting as a modifier that is modifying Countries not Australia. Therefore, usage of plural verbs compete & win is right.
As far your example is concerned, "Alex is one of my best friends" is not the right sentence structure. Alex cannot be one of your best FRIENDS. Best friend has to be one. Though he can be among one of your good friends.

We can use the following :
Alex, who is among one of my good friends, is an artist.

But not this "Alex is one of my good friends who is an artist" - WRONG
Here WHO is modifying friends not Alex.

Hope I am making sense now.

Originally posted by anuj04 on 25 Jul 2018, 20:07.
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Can you please update the source of this question ?

Thanks.

Hi,

Source of this question is Economist GMAT. I found this challenging as it tested the concept of touch rule and logic.
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25 Jul 2018, 01:48
A.compete and often win:- compete for is correct for.
B. competes for and often wins:- compete and win are verbs for countries.
C.compete for and often are the winners of:- not parallel
D. competes for and quite often win:- S-V agreement issue
E. compete for and often win:- correct.

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25 Jul 2018, 06:54
anuj04 wrote:
Australia is one of the countries that compete and often win the Olympic gold medal for swimming.

A. compete and often win

B. competes for and often wins

C. compete for and often are the winners of

D. competes for and quite often win

E. compete for and often win

One of the will take " Compete " - (B) and (D) Out...

Competes for is idiomatically COrrect ( A) out.

Error in (C) highligted in Red, Thus, Answer must be (E)
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Updated on: 28 Jul 2018, 04:21
My Choice is B.

Explanation:
Subject is Australia, which is Singular.
So the verb should be singular.
This directly eliminates A,C,E.

D has win-> this is plural verb.

Let's take a simple example

Alex is one of my best friends.
in this sentence, you are stating a fact about alex. the extra info is you have few more best friends.
That doesn't mean Alex becomes plural.. because of the "best friends".
Same concept applies to the original question.

Originally posted by arunkarri on 25 Jul 2018, 10:22.
Last edited by arunkarri on 28 Jul 2018, 04:21, edited 2 times in total.
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25 Jul 2018, 11:46
Since Australia (singular) is the subject I would rather pick B instead of E.
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25 Jul 2018, 19:57
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Whats your take on this ?

For me option B sounds better as Australia is singular subject. Does the "touch rule" for "that" takes priority over everything else ?

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25 Jul 2018, 20:11
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Can you please update the source of this question ?

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29 Jul 2018, 08:30
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daagh GMATNinja

Whats your take on this ?

For me option B sounds better as Australia is singular subject. Does the "touch rule" for "that" takes priority over everything else ?

Thank You.

My 2 cents on this
for one of the sentences follow the below rule:

1. One of the Xs that/who <plural>
2. One of the Xs <singular>
3. only One of the Xs <singular>
4. only One of the Xs that/who <plural>
5. "the" only One of the Xs that/who <singular>
note: Xs===>this is always plural.

Based on the above rules options A, C and E satisfy the criteria.

Among them E is the best answer.

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anuj04 wrote:
Australia is one of the countries that compete and often win the Olympic gold medal for swimming.

A. compete and often win

B. competes for and often wins

C. compete for and often are the winners of

D. competes for and quite often win

E. compete for and often win

Here "that" stands for "countries", not Australia.
So we use a plural verb form. Correct idiom is "compete for".
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